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Goose-hunting season opens

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s resident Canada goose hunting season will be held Sept. 1-Sept. 25 to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. A daily bag limit of eight has been set for the Champlain Valley.

A second Canada goose hunting season for resident and migrant birds will be held Oct. 15-Nov. 13 with a daily bag limit of one Canada goose in the Lake Champlain Zone. New this year is a late Canada goose season, targeting resident birds. Within the Lake Champlain zone, the season will be held from Dec. 1-Jan. 21, with a five-bird daily bag limit.

A hunting license is required, and a waterfowl hunter 16 or older must carry current federal and Vermont duck stamps. Federal stamps are sold at post offices, federal refuges and on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website: tinyurl.com/Fed- duck-stamp. Vermont duck stamps can be added to your hunting license at vtfishandwildlife.com and through license agents. The hunter must sign the federal duck stamp.

All migratory game bird hunters must also be registered with the Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.). This can be done on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website or by calling 1-877-306- 7091.

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